Saturday, October 13, 2007

Gigantic 2007-2008 Season Preview Links (work in progress)

This post is an attempt at a gigantic 2007-2008 Season Preview as a collection of links to various stories all over the net. This will become a very chaotic post. For now, it's rather short and easy to read :) After all, the preview/pre-season is longer than the actual college basketball season :-) If you have any links you would like to see added, whether it's your own blog or website or your favorite blog or website, just let me know via a comment or via an email (there's a contact via email link on the left hand column).

2007-2008 Detailed Preseason Magazine Reviews

  • Sporting News Preview Magazine (aka Street and Smith) - read on to find out why!
  • Athlon Sports, reviewed here at NCAAHoopsToday (NHT).
  • Lindy's Sports, reviewed here at NHT.
  • USA Today Sports Weekly college basketball preview newspaper-zine review.

    Scouting games in preparation for 2007-2008
  • The Roundball classic
  • The Nike Hoop Summit
  • The Jordan Brand Classic
  • Media Days live-blogging: Conference USA and Mountain West.
  • Kentucky's Midnight Madness scrimmage.
  • Next: McDonalds All American Game and Dunk contest

    What to use to record your favorite basketball games?
  • What are the options? VCR? cable or satellite DVR? TiVo? DVD Recorder? Computer? Find out in this detailed and informative tech-talk article.

    2007-2008 Rankings (reverse chronological order)
  • Here it is, the Blogger's Top 25 Preseason Poll. And who are the bloggers participating in this Blogger's Top 25 Poll?
  • SEC Hoops, the Good/Bad/Dirty has a newly updated their Top 25+10.
  • Lindy's Top 25
  • SEC Hoops Good/Bad/Dirty Top 25+10!
  • Dick Vitale's Top 40 at ESPN
  • DeCourcy's Top 5 candidates to win the championship
  • Mid-summer Top 25 at MMAS
  • Rivals Top 25, and Power Rankings
  • Sportsflow preseason top 10
  • March Madness All Season asks this question: Who is #1 in 2007-2008?.
  • The AOL Sports Fan House has posted their premature Hoops blogpoll as of July 13, 2007. Surprise? Carolina is #1, Memphis #2
  • FoxSports Top 25
  • CHN Top 50 Version II
  • Beyond the Arc
  • Gary Parrish top 36 (his blog does not have links to individual posts, arggh!)
  • DeCourcy's Top 10 affected by the NBA draft (five on the plus, five on the minus)
  • CHN top 144 teams at College Hoops Net (CHN)
  • Gary Parrish Top 25 (at Sportsline, posted 6/18/07)
  • Joe Lunardi's Bracketology
  • Top 25 by Andy Katz (mid-June posting)
  • Goodman's top 30 (late April)
  • Katz top 25 (late April)

    2007-2008 Random Thoughts on various teams (from this blog)
  • Marquette and North Carolina
  • former Dookies in the Pac-10 and the Arizona Wildcats
  • The Memphis Tigers and the AASAA offense
  • Next one will be Duke (and I promise it will be biased!)

    2007-2008 Comprehensive Previews
  • March Madness All Season has began their comprehensive preview.
  • Also under way are comprehensive previews at Rush the Court.
  • And at Basketball Prospectus.
  • Also at Storming the Floor.
  • Know of any more? Are you publishing one? Let me know!

    2007-2008 Team Previews
  • DeCourcy asks ten vital questions of the upcoming season.
  • The Rivals Power Duo picks their top conference for 07-08. They also pick the worst BCS conference
  • Six teams that could jump from the NIT to the NCAA at MMAS (March Madness All Season)
  • Mid-major conferences to watch at Rivals
  • Rivals (and Yahoo Sports) have started a top 64 teams countdown, previewing the upcoming season!. Here is a sample (St Louis and Rick Majerus)
  • Day by day previews of the top 144 teams, already in progress, at College Hoops Net (CHN)
  • Hot Rivalries thanks to a recruiting boost. By Andrew Skwara of Rivals.

    2007-2008 Player Previews
  • Top 10+ power forwards by DeCourcy, along with top 10 small forwards.
  • Best wing duos and best trios and best inside/out combinations at March Madness All Season (MMAS).
  • Top 25 point guards and combo guards by Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline.
  • The top 10 point guards of 2007-2008 according to Rivals!
  • Rivals picks the top super sophomore.
  • Ten top players broken down by Jerry Wainwright by Rivals
  • Returning statistical leaders for the 2007-2008 season, by Rivals: Scorers, rebounders, assists, blocks, steals, and 3-pointers.
  • Top returning rebounders by Bob McClellan of Rivals via Yahoo Sports
  • Top thieves - the returning steals leaders by Bob McClellan of Rivals via Yahoo Sports.
  • Top 10 Ready to break out list at Yahoo Sports by Bob McClellan of Rivals. He also lists the 10 best "improvers" from last season for reference.
  • Top penetrator by Rivals. Also top stopper and big shot

    New Players joining in 2007-2008 (freshmen and jucos)
  • Impact transfers at March Madness All Season.
  • Fifty impact freshmen at March Madness All Season
  • Impact Freshmen at CHN, part 1. Part 2 is here
  • Top 42 recruiting classes ranked by Vance Coleman of CSTV. If you only want to read one post about incoming freshman and class rankings, this is it folks!
  • Top 100 JuCo players by Vance Coleman at CSTV
  • Top classes by Van Coleman, 6/15/07, at CSTV
  • Top 30 classes by Rivals. Also here
  • Top 150 players by Rivals
  • Recruiting Wars Top 10 players.

    2007-2008 Preseason Tournaments
  • Maui Invitational
  • BB&T Classic
  • Great Alaska Shootout
  • NIT (check under pre-season)
  • ACC Big 10 Challenge (Wiki link)
  • Pac10 vs Big 12 challenge, New this season!
  • SEC vs Big East challenge, New this season!
  • Old Spice Classic 2nd year of Thanksgiving event at Disney World in Florida.
  • Paradise Jam
  • John Wooden Classic
  • John Wooden tradition
  • Hall of Fame Challenge in Springfield, MA, featuring Zags, UConn, BC and Providence. Dec 1, 2007. Year #1 of the event took place in Phoenix last year, an homage to the Collangelos perhaps.
  • A calendar of some of the major tourneys have been posted at Goodman's blog. Included are lists of teams participating this season.
  • Jimmy V classic (December 4 at MSG)
  • Brand new Anaheim Classic during Thanksgiving week, Nov 22-24, on ESPN2 and ESPNU. This year it will be showing OJ Mayo to a national audience. This is an exempt event (8 teams playing 3 games each). New this season!

    2007-2008 TV Schedule
  • Just added! A comprehensive printed TV schedule for both men and women is published/printed in the brand new USA Today Sports Weekly college basketball preview magazine, which I just reviewed. Thanks to Rush the Court for the tip!
  • An early 2007-2008 TV schedule, currently covers ESPN and ESPN2 up to November 22, 2007, which includes the start of Feast Week 2007! This will be updated throughout as more listings become available! Just added!
  • Season preview on Countdown to Sports on Versus and Comcast, starting on Saturday November 3, 2007, with multipe repeats following it up
  • The Big Ten Network goes live on August 30, 2007. This changes the TV dynamics of Big 10 games. They will no longer be part of the ESPN Full Court pay per view package. Instead those games will be shown on the Big Ten Network. Most of the premium games will continue to be shown on the ESPN family of networks and CBS and ABC, but the Big Ten Network will grab some of the "good games". It will show at least 105 regular season men's basketball games in the 2007-2008 season. Also expect a number of repeats both of classic and recent games (from ESPN and ABC) as they have the rights to re-broadcast them (via the Big 10 conference). Some of those games will be available in high definition (HD). Not sure if 720p or 1080i.
  • ACC Big 10 challenge tv schedule (Wiki)
  • SEC vs Big East Challenge tv schedule (
  • Old Spice classic tv schedule.

    New books scheduled for the new season
  • Usually a number of books, with a college basketball and basketball in general theme are planned for release in the run-up to the new season. Here is what is coming up:
  • New! Phil Martelli, the St Joe's (Saint Joseph) men's basketball coach has a book in the works released to the world! Martelli is a character, so his book should definitely be an entertaining read. The title is Don't Call Me Coach: A Lesson Plan for Life and costs around $16.50 at Amazon. 240 pages long, and yes, the Hawk is on the cover!
  • Hot off the pressses is a recount of his career at Tennessee. Dane Bradshaw has published a book titled "Vertical Leap: Inside the rise of Tennessee basketball", foreword by Bruce Pearl. The start of Bruce Pearl era at Tennessee is now chronicled.
  • Meanwhile, Ray Mernagh wrote "1 Chance 2 Dance:A Season Inside Mid-Major Hoops In Mid-America" (currently not listed at Amazon), focusing on a season in Mid-American Conference (MAC) basketball.
  • Tough cookie guard Wes Miller of North Carolina wrote a book as well, Road to Blue Heaven: An Insider's Diary of North Carolina's 2007 Basketball Season. Adam Lucas who wrote four books on UNC hoopsis the editor. The book is 256 pages long and should come out by September. Pre-order price is around $16 with price guarantee.
  • more on this later

    Bargain priced college hoops books from previous seasons
  • The Carolina Way Leadership Lessons from a Life in Coaching by Dean Smith, ($6, hardcover)
  • The Seasons of my life by Lute Olson ($5, hardcover)
  • The Miracle of St Anthony's, A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty ($5, paperback)

    New Coaches in 2007-2008
  • looks at which new coaches are ready to succeed at their new jobs, and which ones will take time.
  • List of coaches changing jobs
  • Sportsline (text summary of the off-season carousel)

    Tracking the Transfers - Comprehensive Transfer Lists
  • Impact transfers at March Madness All Season.
  • A look at some of the high profile transfers at March Madness All Season
  • Goodman's blog
  • Rivals

    2007-2008 Preview Magazine Covers
  • 21 covers at Lindy's

    Prepare for the next season by scouting games from 2006-2007
  • CSTV, ESPNU and Fox College Sports traditionally show a number of repeats of games from the previous season. Expect ACC Sunday Night Hoops and Pac-10 Thursday and Saturday games to repeat on Fox College Sports, Mountain West and Conference USA on CSTV, and BCS teams along with select mid-majors on ESPNU. Check my weekly tv listings every monday for details.
  • Scout teams, coaches and players when the pressure is really on: Every 2007 NCAA College Basketball Tournament game on DVD!


    Stefan Ming said...

    hey man thanks for the link hit, i appreciate it

    ncaahoops said...

    No problem! You are welcome!

    Anonymous said...

    you know where to find like a tv schedule for all the games or just a schedule for the first few games of the season?

    ncaahoops said...

    I haven't seen any comprehensive tv schedules yet. Some individual teams have some partial or almost complete schedules posted on their pages, but nothing comprehensive.

    When I do find any, I will certainly post them right away!

    From what I call last year, one of the first to have this was the USA Weekly college preview edition (a USA Today publication).

    The first few weeks are choreographed with the big holiday tourneys on the ESPN channels (Maui, Alaska, Disney, pre-season NIT, Coaches Classic, CvC, the new OJ Mayo tourney, ACC-B10, etc), along with the Paradise Jam on FCS and another island tourney on CSTV.

    kurt w said...

    I have updated my Top is the link:

    I've gotten a ton of hits from your site, and greatly appreciate the link!

    ncaahoops said...

    Thanks! I just updated this with new materials and added your new Top 25+10!

    rtmsf said...

    NCAA HT:

    There's a USA Today special college hoops preview out, and the back couple of pages has a comprehensive tv schedule listed. You may want to check that out.


    ncaahoops said...

    Thanks for the update! I'll look for it at the news-stand. I remember last year they beat all the websites in getting the tv schedule out first.

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